Following a tweet on twitter by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) soughting for the assistance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) in tracking electoral funding malpractices and vote buying.
The appeal was made on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by the Jigawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Mahmuda Isah, when the Kano zonal head of the EFCC, Sanusi Aliyu Mohammed paid him a Courtesy Visit.
“We seek your expertise to track down fraudulent campaign funding and vote buyers, because INEC doesn’t have the power or the necessary expertise to arrest perpetrators of vote buying,” he said.
In his response, Mohammed assured Isah of EFCC’s readiness to assist INEC in ensuring that, the crime of vote buying, during elections, is reduced to the barest minimum, noting that “vote buying is the main purpose of incorporating EFCC in the election monitoring exercise. We are not going to promise you absolute eradication of vote buying, but we assure you that we will do our best to ensure that it is reduced to the minimum.”
On the issue of fraudulent campaign funding, Mohammed urged the national electoral body to always report suspicious financial activities of politicians to the Commission, as EFCC operates based on credible information, assuring his host that the EFCC will always be available at election locations, few days ahead of election day, given that some vote buying do happen even before election takes place.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) took it to twitter.
Reacting to the tweet is Gafari Ojo-oniyum with twitter handle @GafariOjo,
“While this incompetent INEC man going from place to place looking for vote buying he should just send someone that is not corrupt to those local area see how the buying of vote is done openly.”
@Faith06795797, “INEC are doing foolish eye service. The EFCC that we know always turned blind eyes to what ever the APC does.The EFCC under Buhari are members of the APC. the Bullion Van issue is still in our memories.”
Reacting to the tweet by @OfficialEFCC, Attahiru Yahaya Idris with twitter handle @Attahiruyahaya2 replied, thus:
“Nothing can be done about vote buying in as far as Nigeria politics is concern, politicians are not there to save the people rather them self.”